78 kids downed by food poisoning

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AT least 78 children from the Manila Boystown in Marikina City were hospitalized on Sunday night due to suspected food poisoning.

Police Chief Senior Supt. Vincent Calanoga said the children, some as young as 7 years old, were brought to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City after suffering from nausea and vomiting.

He said the children took sick after eating boiled eggs and hotdogs.
Dr. Alfred Garcia, resident doctor of Boystown, said the food served to the victims was probably spoiled since it was prepared early in the morning and was given to the children in the afternoon.

Dr. Emmanuel Bueno, Director of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, said some of the patients were given oral dehydration solution while others were given dextrose solutions after suffering from extreme stomach pain and vomiting. The children were discharged on Monday.

The Boystown management said it will conduct an investigation into the alleged food poisoning.

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